Martin Braithwaite is joined by six former Boro players hoping to make their mark on the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Braithwaite, who spend the second half of the season on loan at Bordeaux, was confirmed as part of Denmark’s final 23-man squad on Sunday evening.
There he faces competition for selection from Viktor Fischer. The winger endured an indifferent spell with German side Mainz after leaving Boro last summer, but a return to his homeland with FC Copenhagen in January reignited his form, scoring eight goals and registering nine assists in the second half of the campaign.
Elsewhere in Group C, 36-year-old Brad Jones is a surprise inclusion for Australia. Following years adrift from the national team, the goalkeeper is included in Bert van Marwijk’s squad after an impressive few seasons with Feyenoord, with whom he won the Eredivisie in 2016/17 and the KNVB Cup this year.
Kenneth Omeruo is part of Nigeria’s squad after turning out in the second half of Saturday’s friendly match against England at Wembley. Still a Chelsea player, the defender has spent the last three seasons on loan in Turkey, most recently with Kasımpaşa.
Another one-time Boro loanee, Miloš Veljković, is set to represent Serbia. Now plying his trade primarily as a defender, the former Tottenham man now plays for Werder Bremen.
Cristhian Stuani will feature for Uruguay after an impressive season with Girona in La Liga. He hit 21 league goals – making him the division’s fifth top scorer – as his newly-promoted team earned a top-ten finish. There is no place for Gaston Ramirez – the Sampdoria man made the provisional squad but not the final cut.
Stuani’s Girona teammate Bernardo Espinosa will be hopeful of inclusion with Colombia. The defender was included in José Pékerman’s provisional list, with the deadline for the trimmed squad to be confirmed today.